The kitchen is Ralph's absolute favorite place to play. Along with the silverware drawer, he likes to climb in the dishwasher and, as can be seen, he loves sitting in the cupboard. I cleared a small space on one shelf where he can sit, but sometimes he'd rather be in the soup bowl or on top of the plates. And I often have to wash soup bowls and plates without having a chance to eat from them.
And I often have to wash soup bowls and plates without having a chance to eat from them.
I hope you are used to that by now (I'm sure you are). One of Bonnie's favourite places to sit is on the pot rack (kind of a bar above the kitchen bench that we hang stuff on hooks from) above the saucepans. And...yep, we have to wash them before we can use them.
Her other favourite place is on top of the fridge door, right where the seal is, between the fridge and the door. She happily shreds almonds/cashews into millions of slivers which instantly fall into the crevice. If I object she looks at me quizzically as if to say "What's YOUR problem?". I give up...
Ralph likes to eat popcorn while he's sitting in the dishwasher, and of course he leaves lots of little pieces of popcorn all over the inside of the dishwasher. I have to clean it out before I run it so that the drain won't get clogged with popcorn bits.
This post has me curious - did it take a while for Ralph to want to explore places? Yoshi is to the point where he wants to ride on my shoulder anywhere I go, but if I sit him down on the counter, or anywhere really other than my chair or his cage, he gets anxious and usually ends up flying to the floor.
Zim...when I started showing Oscar different places... I would hold him on my finger and introduce him slowly to the cupboard door opened... and the dishes inside. After a few times he was not as frightened and eventually when I would tip my finger, he would land on the dishes and slowly check everything out. They do not take to new things quickly... they have to be introduced slowly.
Now when I put my finger into the cupboard he is happy to jump off and explore on his own. He especially loves it when I close one door and leave the other slightly opened. He loves dark corners.... but is also happy to come out.
I would take Oscar to all things in my kitchen... every cupboard, microwave, oven, dishwasher, fridge... etc... now he is not afraid of them.
A few days after I brought Ralph home, he was ready to start investigating the apartment. That was before he'd step onto my hand or perch on me at all-- I carried him around on a spare wooden perch. Once he started sitting on my shoulder, he wanted to explore even more. He's never cared much for the den or the bedroom. For a long time, his favorite place to play was the bathroom; he loved perching on the towel bars and shower curtain rod and sitting on top of the wall cabinet, dropping things into the sink. Once he discovered the kitchen, he forgot all about the bathroom. Once in a while he likes to go into the entry hall and look at his shadow on the wall, inspect the picture of running horses on the wall or the large old photograph of my grandmother Victoria, or look out the peephole in the door, but mostly he wants to be in the kitchen.